Who ever thought that the Fullerton College Campus Theatre can turn up on a Monday? Well, that was the case as students filled the seats to see their fellow peers perform eclectic covers from the biggest names in electronic and psychedelic rock and also perform their own original songs.
Markus Burger hosted the event by keeping the audience entertained and introduced all of the performers.
The band Emael started off the night with beautiful harmonies and flowing violins and cellos. Emmanuel Ventura-Cruess lead the band as Alyssa Cantal sang back up vocals for the group. Even though there was an emphasis on electronic music that night, that didn’t stop the group from whipping out violins and cellos throughout their set.
Next to perform is soloist Angel Garcia playing house beats from his computer and wealth of machines. At the beginning of his set, there were technical difficulties and Garcia thought that he blew the speakers out as soon as the bass dropped during one of the first songs that he played.
His music sounded like it was meant to be heard in the bustling night clubs of Las Vegas on a Friday night instead of a school concert on a Monday evening.
After the performances by Emael and Garcia, it was a mix between the various members of the ensemble performing different songs.
The Fullerton College Electronic Music Ensemble stepped onstage to perform covers hits like “Tether” by the synth pop group CHVRCHES, “Omen (feat. Sam Smith)” by well-known electronic brother duo Disclosure and “Mind Mischief” by the psychedelic rock group Tame Impala. Carlos Parada crooned the songs from CHVRCHES and Tame Impala that would make the bands proud.
One of the ensemble members, Richard Hurst, entertained the crowd by performing in various costumes. A princess, a cat and a Jedi were some of the costumes Hurst rocked onstage that night to animate the crowd.
Jason Anderson performed a cover of the song “Oxygen” with the help of some fellow ensemble members, but asked them to start over again once they started to get off beat with his lyrics. But his overall performance was stellar keying in the emotion and depth the song portrayed.
Dr. Joe Jewell, one of the professors at Fullerton College, was accompanied by Burger to transport the audience into a world of psychedelia by using his skills on the guitar to create those mind-blowing vibes. Images of swirling kaleidoscopic watercolors created the vibe that would make the audience much more relaxed and calm.
The ensemble also played the songs “The Killing Man” by Echo and the Bunnymen but also faced technical difficulties during the beginning of their performance. Parada commented on the setback by joking the audience that they will get back a dollar of what they paid on their ticket. They ended the night by performing the legendary song “Under Pressure” by the late David Bowie and Queen.
At the end of the night, Burger congratulated all of the ensemble on a job well done and gave thanks to the people that controlled the lighting and sound of the theatre.